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Carleton University
Carleton University honours employees at an annual service excellence celebration  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2024), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2024) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Carleton University was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2024), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2024) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2024):

  • Carleton University supports the long-term welfare of employees through a unique hybrid pension plan that offers the higher of a defined benefit or defined contribution pension at retirement -- additionally, the university extends its health benefits plan to retirees, with no age limit and 100 per cent premium coverage
  • Carleton University enables employees to rest and reset with generous time-off policies, including a minimum of four weeks of paid vacation to start and five days of paid holiday closure from Christmas Eve to the first week of January
  • Carleton University manages an extensive Healthy Workplace initiative that's focused on physical and mental health, building social connections, professional development, and meaningful work-life balance -- the initiative is managed through a cross-functional Healthy Workplace Committee comprised of 17 faculty and staff members and supported by a network of over 70 Healthy Workplace Champions, who act as ambassadors of the initiative in their departments
A lab technician at Carleton University  

Employer Background

Industry Post secondary schools, universities
Established in Canada 1942
Major Canadian locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 2,738
Part-time employees in Canada 4,925
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 64.27%
Average age of employees in Canada 34.89 years
Longest serving employee 50.04 years

Work Environment Rating: A+

Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), telecommuting, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay)
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, online carpool sign-up, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Onsite workplace features surrounded by public parks and wilderness areas, the campus features 5 km of underground tunnels that connect buildings (for all-weather accessibility), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, sleep pods, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, MacOdrum Library, and an outdoor Indigenous Learning Centre
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals
Other food options at main location The Caf (main dining facility), 2 food courts with locally sourced products, Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Second Cup
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, basketball court, sauna, shower facilities, indoor Olympic-sized pool, twin ice pad, dance studio, covered tennis courts, 2 outdoor turf fields, squash courts, personal training studio, sports medicine clinic

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Healthy Workplace Committee (est. 2009)
Past social events community breakfast to kick off the academic year, picnic in the park celebration during the summer, in-person holiday luncheon held at the university's fieldhouse (with live music, prizes and gifts), intramural sports such as volleyball, frisbee, basketball and football, to name only a few
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 6 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, hybrid pension plan with retiring employees receiving the greater of either pension, employee purchase loan program for computers and bicycles (up to $5,000) through payroll deduction

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A+

Health plan note Carleton University has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 18 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Paid sick days employees receive 20 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Additional health plan information unlimited coverage for mental health practitioners
Additional health and wellness initiatives extensive Healthy Workplace initiative with cross-functional committee and a network of over 70 champions who act as ambassadors, dedicated healthy workplace policy and strategic plan, regular workshops, monthly challenges and other activities to promote positive physical and mental health
Family-friendly benefits note Carleton University has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits child care onsite
Additional family-friendly information faculty (approximately 42% of the workforce) receive 95% of salary for 52 weeks for mothers and 95% of salary for 35 weeks for fathers and adoptive parents, free tuition for children of employees

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A+

Vacation note Carleton University has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 5 days off
Unpaid leave maximum 24 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information majority of staff receive between 4 and 4.4 weeks of vacation to start, as well as 6 days per year for special leave (for family-related activities), long-serving employees receive 10 additional bonus days after 25 years of service

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
Performance recognition online recognition platform, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, Service Excellence Awards, Achievement Awards for faculty
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 36 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership development programs, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position

Community Involvement Rating: B

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Some of the community organizations supported FutureFunder and Giving Tuesday, United Way
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Carleton University has participated in the United Way campaign for more than 45 years and raised over $90,000 in 2022 through an employee-led campaign.

The Career Directory

Carleton University has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, universities
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Major Canadian locations Ottawa ON
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Accounting Assistant, Data Entry Clerk, Registrarial Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Stacks Supervisor, Customer/Client Service Representative
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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